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Collaboration Between Kerala and Gujarat Maritime Boards to Boost Coastal Shipping

The progress aligns with the anticipated commencement of operations at the Vizhinjam deep-sea port within a year. N S Pillai, Chairman of the Kerala Maritime Board (KMB), engaged in discussions with the Gujarat Maritime Board on the matter. Pillai emphasized the necessity for developing coastal shipping infrastructure to facilitate seamless cargo movement from Vizhinjam.

“The maritime board aims to attract mother ships to the Vizhinjam port, requiring the establishment of essential infrastructure for efficient cargo operations. Concurrently, efforts are underway to enhance cargo movement through the development of minor ports. Additionally, we are working towards optimizing cargo traffic by sea between Mundra Port and Vizhinjam,” explained N S Pillai. He also highlighted plans for a Kochi roadshow in collaboration with mainline operators and the Gujarat Maritime Board to further support these initiatives.

Regarding educational collaboration, Pillai mentioned discussions with the Gujarat Maritime University about introducing job-oriented courses at maritime institutes in Kodungallur and Neendakara. The final decision is contingent on approval from the state government.

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